I've decided to make the switch from stock D-Link FW to DD-WRT. The router is a DIR-825, revision B1. I flashed it successfully with DD-WRT. It didn't connect me to the Internet at first, the "globe" LED light was orange. I didn't have the uplink cable connected to the router at the time I flashed it, so I had to connect it, and then reboot the router and then wait for a few minutes before it discovered my Internet connection. So far so good and I'm very happy with it.
But I am having one concern. How do I make IP reservations and forward ports? I have looked around the interface to get a feel for it and see what is what. But I'm not so sure how I'm supposed to make IP reservations.
In D-Link interface, I would fill out a "reservations list" where I type in the IP I wish to use for each of my clients, their corresponding MAC addresses and computer name. Then in Port Forwarding I would make a new rule and spcify the port number, TCP/UDP protocol and the IP address to forward to. How has this changed now that I have DD-WRT?
I have read on How-To Geek that this doesn't work the same way in the DD-WRT. The author talks in terms of "dhcp reservation" rather than "ip reservation". I don't understand this. Can someone explain?
Here's the article I'm referring to:
The article discusses "static dhcp". But I need a static ip, not dhcp. Is this the right tutorial for my situation? Yes, I know that the IP is assigned dynamically by the DHCP. But what's the big deal here with DD-WRT? The thing is that I don't want to be setting up static IP addresses on each of the computers, I still want the DHCP server enabled, but I just want to make sure that my IP addresses are reserved.